HAPPY 2014!!!!! Well, almost, we still have a couple of days to wring the life out of 2013. Here is what I say to the new year. I embrace you 2014 and hope that you are the year of my dreams, my knight in shining amour, the year I got into the best shape of my life, the love of my life…..blah, blah, blah. Hey, on January 1st we are all ALLOWED to feel hopeful.
Here is the third installment and there is going to be a fourth part published on New Years Day!
That evening Mathilde hurried home from work; it had been a long day in the emergency department, and she wanted to be sure to have enough time to get ready for the dinner with Frederic.
She smiled at the sight of her bicycle, still attached to a lonely lamp post outside the hospital, while she jumped into a taxi to take her home through the snowy streets of Paris.
I have been cooking up a storm this holiday season, really yummy stuff if I do say so myself. So, today because I am a little tired, I am going to share a dessert recipe for flourless chocolate cake that is sooo good and so simple. My family loves it. Because there are so few ingredients, I put “really good”. Trust me, it will make a difference.
As promised, here is the second installment of the Christmas Cocktail by Sharon Santoni. Enjoy!!
After a late night celebrating Christmas Eve with her friends, with Madame de la Garenne and of course the newly discovered Frederic, Mathilde woke early to tidy the apartment before appearing on duty at the hospital.
I fell in love with this little story after it was presented during a blog carnival at the beginning of December. It was written by a fellow blogger who is very talented and very creative. I am in awe of her talent. The theme of the blog carnival was Christmas Cocktails. Everyone had a different idea about how to unleash their creativity about the theme. Some bloggers gave cocktail recipes, some presented music, recipes and photos about wonderful parties. It was a really fun collection of creativity. Sharon Santoni, the owner of My French Country Home blog, is the only one that I know of that wrote a wonderful little fictional story for everyone to enjoy. It was so well received that she did a follow up which I will bring to you another day. So, without further adieu….
I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the photographer/artist Alex Prager but I think you might like to be. Ms. Prager is a visual storyteller. Based out of Los Angeles, she is a self taught photographer that stages dramatic vignettes for her camera. As a young woman, she was inspired to take up photography after seeing the color images of William Eggleston. She takes her cues from a variety of pulp fiction influences. It is easy to see the influence of directors Alfred Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk but I would add that you can see a little bit of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein in her work as well. There is a huge fashion editorial point of view, which makes sense as she is a fashion darling, having shot for W magazine and Bottega Veneta, both co-sponsors of her latest exhibit. Prager’s photographs are like movie stills, each photo telling a story through vivid colors, dramatic wigs and make up and unexpected angles. I think her photos are riveting.